Debian Security Advisory

DLA-1762-1 systemd -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
24 Apr 2019
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2017-18078, CVE-2019-3842.
More information:

Two vulnerabilities have been addressed in the systemd components systemd-tmpfiles and

  • CVE-2017-18078

    systemd-tmpfiles in systemd attempted to support ownership/permission changes on hardlinked files even if the fs.protected_hardlinks sysctl is turned off, which allowed local users to bypass intended access restrictions via vectors involving a hard link to a file for which the user lacked write access.

  • CVE-2019-3842

    It was discovered that pam_systemd did not properly sanitize the environment before using the XDG_SEAT variable. It was possible for an attacker, in some particular configurations, to set a XDG_SEAT environment variable which allowed for commands to be checked against polkit policies using the allow_active element rather than allow_any.

For Debian 8 Jessie, these problems have been fixed in version 215-17+deb8u12.

We recommend that you upgrade your systemd packages.

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